Padre Pio’s House “Le Paradis”

 

 

For a long time some political regimes, disappeared nowadays, have tried out Africans wakening their reaction capacity. Africa’s sons need a load of comprehension and personal esteem; we need to help them harvest their energies and make them available for the common wealth.

This Africa, humiliated and distressed, is rich in fundamental human values: spirit of community, solidarity, resistance, desire of peace, wish of social redemption, bravery to start hoping again; preserved by centuries of culture and traditions.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Cooperation needs to focus on people, be careful to respect their fundamental rights. In this perspective there is a richness exchange nourished by listening, and a mutual enrichment, besides prejudice. A better world can be built through authentic relationships and knowing means to go beyond walls, in order to appreciate the differences we find out.

We offer means and expertise to help make their life conditions better, but we cannot forget the real development for a community is fully reached only if it remains anchored to their roots”.

Besides the choice of an International cooperation, there is a wide resource and expertise sharing: the need to walk together, without any pace, vision and choice obligation. In order to collaborate, respect is mandatory towards their different culture and life; it is necessary at this point to know and understand the context we are going to work into.

Within the category of “International Cooperation” are included International solidarity relationships, human rights promotion, humanitarian aids, all aiming to connect those Countries having the most prominent financial powers to populations living in constant emergency or discomfort. These relationships get real through a common project realization for the sustainability and development in order to respond to these populations’ needs, facilitating their social wealth and  the material growth in the middle/long term through education initiatives, professional formation, infrastructure building, support for natural resources development and health assistance.

The International cooperation aims to create collaborative, solidarity and friendship bonds with cities all around the world, extending twinning initiatives or other forms of permanent relationship. It also promotes and facilitates initiatives aiming to end hunger, diseases and underdevelopment on the planet.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PROBLEM

UN convention article #24 on the rights of childhood and adolescence establishes that all children have the right to benefit of the best possible health status. HIV not only denies this right, but also directly threatens against the four fundamental principles of Convention.

  • Right to life, survival and development: HIV is a lethal pathology which clearly threatens the right of survival and development of children.
  • Non-discrimination: because of ignorance, fear and prejudice towards HIV positive children, or whom parents are affected with HIV, their right to education is often denied, such as the access to health and social services and they get marginalized within their original community. In many societies, gender discrimination makes girls more vulnerable to get HIV, compared to their male peers. Often girls have lower access to education and this prevents them to get the necessary information about HIV prevention. In addition, the gender disparity caused by a number of physical, social and cultural factors prevents women to get control on their sexuality, thus making them more prone to be infected.
  • Major interest for children: in many Countries, services concerning HIV cure and prevention have been conceived for adults, so they result to be hardly accessible to younger people. For instance, many companies do not provide proper information to the young and do not have personnel able to talk to them. This phenomenon causes many young people to prefer not to consult to specific centers and thus they do not get the necessary information in order to prevent HIV.
  • Participation: the “child” has the right to contribute to increase the attention level on the HIV-related issues, to talk about the impact HIV had on his life and to participate to set up politics and programs to fight against it.

KEY INFORMATION

It is esteemed that in the world, approximately 2,5 million children under 15 are HIV positive. During 2009 there have been about 370.000 new registered HIV infections and 260,000 deaths caused by AIDS in children younger than 15 years old. The majority of them gets the infection during pregnancy, at the delivery or through breastfeeding.

About 90% of children positive to AIDS lives in Sub-Saharan Africa, the most interested region in terms of HIV pandemics.

The virtual elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child requests a full access to antiretroviral drugs for everyone in need. Barriers to the cure may be financial, social, cultural; breaking these barriers, such as the elevated cost of pre-birth care, the long waiting lists, the lack transports to reach the health centers for those who live in rural areas, stigma and discrimination towards HIV positive subjects is definitely crucial.

HIV Pediatric Treatments and Cures

According to the last evaluations, every day more than 1.000 children are born affected with HIV. In many Countries the first childhood diagnosis significantly increased, while the antiretroviral drug coverage still remains too limited in low and medium-income Countries (about 6%).

The WHO (World Health Organization) also published the guidelines for treatment with antiretroviral drugs in newbord babies and children, thus allowing a prompt access to the cure. Without any treatment, about the half of HIV-positive children dies before turning 2. For this reason, a global campaign for an immediate diagnosis is necessary. The service availability for a timely diagnosis has considerably become more frequent in many Countries, whereas globally it still remains low (about 6% in 2009).

Preventing infections among teenagers and young

Even though the number of HIV infections is decreasing or being stable in many areas of the world, the knowledge about how to avoid the contagion still remains poor. In 2009, 5 million young people within an age range of 15-24 years old were HIV-positive.

This decrease is the result of safer behaviors and procedures. If a higher number of people would know how to protect themselves, it would be definitely possible to save more lives. Data, classified by gender, age and region, have highlighted deep differences for the epidemics relative to both intensity and causes of vulnerability.

Young women still carry most of the infection burden on their shoulders and in many Countries they take a higher risk of infection before 25 years of age. Worldwide, over 60% of all HIV-positive young individuals are female. In Sub-Saharian Africa this percentage is considerably higher, reaching 72%. Many young women are particularly vulnerable to HIV because of their social, cultural and financial dependency. This inhibits their attitude in looking for support in their partners, in other peers and in their community to be sustained in the choices to prevent HIV. Where the epidemic levels are low or concentrated, young people involved in the sex market, men having sexual encounters with other men and those who utilize injectable drugs find multiple structural and social barriers as they try to access the services. In all regions, discrimination and gender violence represent considerable walls against the access to services and have a negative impact on the individual ability in choosing the best path for his/her own protection.

Protection, treatments and support for HIV-infected children

Facing most marginalized and HIV-infected families' needs would contribute to get more equitable results in the field of health and development. Reducing disparities leading the epidemics, among which the gender differences and the poverty levels, would help overcoming the barriers for the access to pharmaceuticals.

Poverty is a key factor and has a negative impact on children well-being. The current financial crisis, if extended, will probably worsen the results obtained despite the full engagment to mitigate the impact with the AIDS epidemics. It is esteemed that, during the last years, there were about 17,5 million children who had lost one or both of their parents because of the infection, of which 14,1 millions living only in Sub-Saharian Africa. History has shown that a few families who took care of HIV-infected orphans and vulnerable children used to receive an external basic support: 12% in average. Hence, increasing the support for AIDS-positive children still remains a compelling priority.

A social protection taking into account children affected with AIDS can support poor families unable to face the costantly growing number of vulnerable children. An integrated social protection may reduce the risk of chronic poverty which often makes children orphans, may prevent dangerous child labour, as well as other forms of abuse, thus facilitating a higher access to health and education. UNAIDS, the United Nation Program against HIV/AIDS reports 2 million of new infectios and 1,2 million deaths in 2014.

CONTEXT OF THE FIELD

In Ivory Coast one individual out of 10 is affected with HIV/AIDS.

Ivory Coast has “one million of HIV-positive subjects” out of a 15 million residents, according to what the Health Department reported through the Minister Mrs. Raymonde Goudou Coffie, many of them are children. “In addition, Ivory Coast accounts for 600,000 orphan kids because of AIDS”, added the minister in Abidjan, during a seminar on the action planning in the fight against HIV. “Besides the Government incessant efforts, the cost for drugs is considerably too high for the average Ivorian citizen”, denounced Mrs. Coffie. Ivory Coast holds the sad record for child prostitution and the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in West Africa. Last political-institutional crises have exacerbated its population’s already unsecure life conditions, among which the lack of basic services and fundamental rights. Poverty is the main pushing reason for many young ladies towards the sexual slavery. Another plague consistently contributing to the increase of HIV-infected people is sexual promiscuity which is mostly practiced with no precaution, thus becoming a propagation source for the virus.

The vast majority of Ivorians does not even know to be HIV-positive and, as a consequence, before giving birth to babies does not undergo the nowadays standardized antiretroviral therapies for newborns, and this leads to a significant increase in the number of cases of AIDS-affected babies.

THE PROBLEM

According to recent investigations on our “social” team’s territory and in collaboration with the Social Affair Ministry, it emerged that in the Country there are no proper Institutions able to welcome and host HIV-affected children. Hence, they live in a total state of neglect and far away from their original families, as in most cases both parents have died and their older brothers/sisters take care of them. This leads to an increase in infant mortality and the risk of infection for many other children.

WHO WE HELP

30 HIV-positive or AIDS-affected children will be the recipient, together with their families and young individuals.

HOW WE OPERATE

The project includes to welcome and provide care to orphan, HIV-affected children or whom do not have any chances to be helped by their families, thus also prevention against HIV/AIDS and child nutrition through the development of health and institutional nets.

We will offer a constant psychologic, nutritional and health assistance together with antiretroviral drugs, a Memorandum of Understanding drawn up with the Don Orione Hospital in Bonoua, which will provide the pharmaceuticals for free, in order to soothe the major side effects and to allow kids to attend school and live a respectable life.

 

WHAT WE ASK

A constant financial support from the donors. In order to keep taking care of kids we need: funds to purchase therapies, to administer drugs, to ensure the treatment continuity, and to host them in our Institution. We can point out at the needs, advice about the most adequate intervention strategies, guarantee their efficacy with a better and right use of resources, but if we want to create the conditions to allow everyone to access the fundamental human rights, it is mandatory to improve their life situation; thus we need every single person’s solidarity and the help of International cooperation.

WHAT WE INTEND TO REALIZE

  • Build a Family House, with all its complications, having the adequate structures for the assistance to HIV-positive children;
  • Create a place representing a real abode for orphan, HIV-affected kids, where they can find affection and medical cares;
  • Create a colorful and happy environment, where to let the young hosts live in a fair atmosphere;
  • Offer all the necessary to allow the kids to live in a respectful way, even though they are not meant to survive their pathology;
  • Host a minimum of 30 kids with a permanent boarding school from their birth up to 3 years old;
  • Provide adequate answers to different needs.

THE CARE DEDICATED TO THE INITIAL PHASE:

  • Evaluation of the social context;
  • Check the human and financial resources;
  • Identification of short and long-term objectives;
  • Future sustainability.

 

 

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

  • HIV-affected children assistance and care;
  • Parents recovery and formation for assistance and restoration within the family unit;
  • Assistance recovery and formation for potential trustee families for HIV-positive kids within the Ivorian territory;
  • Improve health assistance and care for HIV-positive kids, reducing their mortality;
  • Continuous formation of health professionals on the HIV infection management in children and adults.

THE ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVES:

  • Reduction of pneumonia-related mortality and morbidity;
  • Reduction of bacterial infections associated with HIV/AIDS;
  • Improvement of HIV-positive children’s nutritional conditions;
  • Improvement of monitored children’s life conditions once they start the antiretroviral therapy;
  • Formation courses  for the local health operators on the HIV infection management

 

 

IN DETAILS:

Our Association has purchased a 4.200 square meters field in the Bonoua district (60 km away from Abidjan) of which 1.000/1.200 square meters are reserved for constructions. In January 2016 the fencing of the surface got started.

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The Family House will be composed by:

  • 1 dining hall;
  • 1 kitchen;
  • 1 pantry;
  • 1 hall;
  • 1 dining room;
  • 1 medical office;
  • 1 infirmary with a small internal pharmacy;
  • 1 analysis laboratory;
  • 1 external Aphatam;
  • 1 external play yard;
  • 1 internal kindergarten;
  • 10 rooms with 4 beds each, private bathroom and running water;
  • 1 meeting room dedicated to the family formation;
  • 1 family counseling for support and prevention to families having AIDS-affected kids;
  • 1 garage for service cars.

 

 

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WHY AFRICA:

Because it represents the most HIV-affected continent, where the access to care is the hardest one. It is where we operate and our competence and experience on the territory surely help our interventions.

We will get the confirmation we are on the right path once we will look into people’s faces and looks, into the children’s smiles which over the years will be able to hope for a nice future in their lives. With the hope that what will be done will represent a seed able to sprout and bring the outcomes of sharing and mutual help not only among us, but also between the African and the European continents.

COST OF THE PROJECT: € 450.000,00 (FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND/00)

 

OUR NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION “A VOICE FOR PADRE PIO”

 

The non-profit Association “A voice for Padre Pio” operates in order to help underpriviledged people in terms of physical, psychic, financial, social or familiar conditions, such as for handicapped individuals, the elderly and the sick in a state of poverty.

The Association facilitates the social solidarity through local initiatives, exchanges with other Countries in favor of third World populations, of all people in physical and moral need.

In addition, it supports the missionaries during their work, by offering scientific, financial and social support. Tha Association designs intervention activities in third World Countries through adoptions and long-distance support, creating projects and big events for fundraising to sustain current and future missions.

The Association is that element that first highlights the need for an intervention, reports the local partner's and the beneficiaries' needs, thus representing that junction ring betwen issues and concrete answers.

The Association is responsible for its projects and coordinates the “actors” involved in them. Mr. Vincenzo Palumbo, as the legal representative for our Association, together with the Executive group, decides which projects to develop and the main interventions to operate. As a matter of facts, he is the most involved individual in the International cooperation projects, as he is the responsible for coordination and administration, human resources and relationships with local partners, keeping always updated the Executive group members.

All folders are kept at the Association, and contain all data and documents starting from the initial project to the final report, from wire receipts to bank statements and invoices, besides a simple file summarizing the main project and financial aspects.

The Association is a non-profit organization and exclusively pursues social solidarity purposes.

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